The Hockey Hall of Fame will be voting on and announcing the Class of 2019 on Tuesday, which reopens the debate over who will earn eternal enshrinement in hockey history.
This year, the class will be highlighted by one of the greatest women’s players of all time, as Hayley Wickenheiser is eligible for the first time.
None of the first-year eligible NHL players are likely to get the call in this class, with Patrick Elias and Vincent Lecavalier having the strongest cases of the group. But that quieter class will open the door for some other players who had been passed over before to get in now.
Here are five players who could get called to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.
Hayley Wickenheiser │ Centre
Hayley Wickenheiser has done it all, and in 2019 she should be able to add Hockey Hall of Famer to her impressive resume.
Wickenheiser made her Canadian National Team debut in 1994 and appeared in five Olympics, winning four gold medals and one silver. In 26 games at the Olympics, Wickenheiser scored 18 goals and 51 points.
The Shaunavon, Sask., native also represented Canada at nine world championships, winning six gold medals. In 41 world championship games she scored 31 goals and 68 points.
Wickenheiser retired from playing in 2017 and was hired to be an assistant director of player development by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018.
Daniel Alfredsson │ Right Wing
Daniel Alfredsson is one of the most successful players in Swedish hockey history, winning plenty of major hardware on the international stage while leading the Ottawa Senators for 17 of his 18 NHL seasons.
The Calder Trophy winner in 1996, Alfredsson holds all the major team records for the modern day Senators, including games played (1,178), goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). The six-time all-star added another 18 goals and 49 points in one season with the Detroit Red Wings at the end of his career.
At the international level, Alfredsson represented Sweden in 14 events. He won two Olympic medals, including gold in 2006, and added another four medals at the world championships. In 88 international games, Alfredsson scored 32 goals and 74 points.
Jeremy Roenick │ Centre
Jeremy Roenick played the game on the edge, with high-skill and a nasty side that few others could replicate.
Roenick broke into the NHL in 1989 with the Chicago Blackhawks and had 18 points in 20 games. He followed that up in 1989-90 with 26 goals and 66 points in 78 games, then added 19 points in nine playoff games.
For his career, Roenick appeared in 1,363 games for the Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. In that time he scored 513 goals, 1,216 points and racked up 1,463 penalty minutes, helping his teams make the playoffs in 17 of 20 seasons.
While Roenick never won a Stanley Cup or major award, he was a major contributor for every team he played for.
Theo Fleury │ Right Wing
A speedy winger who loved to celebrate goals, Theo Fleury never let his size get in his away. Standing at only five-foot-six, Fleury was a key contributor to the Calgary Flames when they won the Stanley Cup in 1989. Fleury was only 21 that season, but he scored 31 goals and 66 points in 80 games, then added another 11 points in the playoffs.
The Oxbow, Sask., native was originally an eighth-round pick by the Flames in the 1987 NHL Draft, but he managed to play 1,084 games over 15 NHL seasons. A seven-time all-star, Fleury twice crossed the 100-point mark in his career and two other times scored over 90 points.
Fleury represented Canada twice at the Winter Olympics, winning gold in 2002. He retired from the NHL in 2003 with 455 goals, 1,088 points and a plus-145 rating.
Sergei Zubov │ Defenceman
Sergei Zubov was one of the best playmakers during the ’90s and 2000s from the blue line. The six-foot-one Moscow-native joined the New York Rangers in 1992-93 but his big breakthrough came the following season.
That year, he scored 89 points in the regular season and another 19 in the playoffs to help the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. He won a second Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.
Zubov hit double-digit goals in 11 of his 16 seasons and only failed to hit 30 points once, in his final season when injuries limited him to 10 games.
The three-time all-star finished his career with 152 goals, 619 assists and 771 points in 1,068 games. His assists lead all Russian defencemen in NHL history while his goals and points totals trail only Sergei Gonchar.